Heroes’ Interest in Learning


Our heroes are making leaps in bounds in their academic progress. An important factor that significantly affects academic progress is interest in learning. Because our heroes have the freedom to learn based on their interests, their attention increases, they process information more deeply and much faster, and they work harder and smarter.

Each early learner is taking on tasks and challenges that other kids their age may not have even tried. The heroes often challenge themselves to do work that may not be included in the traditional curriculum for their assigned grade level according to their age. But instead of allowing their ages to dictate their learning, the heroes dictate their own learning. They decide what they would like to work on when they set their goals. They decide how much time they would like to spend on a task. They decide when to move on to another task. They demonstrate when they have mastered a skill and decided when they are ready to try a more challenging task.

The results are increased motivation to learn and significant academic progress. Our heroes have made measurable advancement in their core skills computer programs and badge work. Most of our heroes who started in Level M math or reading at the beginning of the school year have earned their badges and have moved up to Level 1. Some of the heroes who started at Level 1 are working on second-grade level material in their computer programs.

The heroes’ interest in learning increases as they challenge themselves on their own. The work they choose is neither too easy nor too difficult so they are willing to put forth a strong effort in their tasks. Our heroes also work hard because they make connections between their work and real-life purposes and they understand the reason for doing their school work.  And most importantly, our heroes know that they learn from failure so they are never worried to fail or make mistakes, which increases their motivation to try and try again.


This week, we were honored to speak with a Vietnam veteran who served in the Marine Corps, Jim Cavalucci. This hero talk was completely planned and arranged by one of our heroes, Amelia. One day, she came to school with a sticky note with a phone number written on it to call her grandpa in Florida. She found out that grandpa served in the Marines so she asked mom if we could call him for our Hero Talk. So Amelia called her grandpa and asked him if he could tell us about being a Marine. She arranged with Grandpa a good time to call him for our conference call with her friends. She also asked her friends for questions they would like to ask her grandpa and collected their questions, which were written in small notepads. And so in a conference call all the way from Florida, Amelia introduced her friends to Grandpa Jim who shared with our heroes his wonderful experience as a marine. He shared with the heroes how much he learned from his service in the Marines especially learning how to be responsible. He told the heroes how he was drafted to join the army when he was 18 years old, but he volunteered to join the Marine Corps. He said he had lots of fun training to be a marine and also serving as the cook and baker. At the end of the call, Grandpa Jim thanked our heroes for their wonderful questions, attentiveness, and for honoring him with this conference call as our honored Military hero.


Our field trip to the USS Silversides Museum was truly memorable as we learned not only about submarines but also about the brave men who were aboard the USS Silversides and their sacrifices to protect our freedom. Our heroes experienced first-hand how it might have felt to live inside the submarine: sleeping in small cots with thirty other service members, and maybe even next to a torpedo; imagining only showering once every two weeks and having to remember twelve things to properly use the “head;” taking turns eating in the small dining room but with the best food in the military, including cakes and ice cream; hearing the loudness of the engines and the alarm signal for “Dive,” “Stations,” and even for “Collision!” Our heroes also enjoyed some stories about the submariners, so ask them about the kangaroo story and if they remember what KFS stands for.


Our Week At A Glance



How to study your Bible

Begin with prayer


Ask questions


What does it say?


What does it mean?


How does it apply to you?

Philippians 1:20

For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.

What advice would you give a friend who feels ashamed to tell others about Jesus? What if they are ashamed because they feel they are not good at talking or making friends?

Philippians 1:21-22

For to me, living means living for Christ…if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ


How are you living your life for Jesus? How can you do more fruitful work for Jesus?

Philippians 1:27

Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the …standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.

How can we live as citizens of heaven?

Philippians 1:29

For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. We are in this struggle together.

How could we help friends who are struggling? What would you do if they do not want your help?

Philippians 2:2

…  agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.

Is it okay to agree to disagree? Could you still work together with friends even when you disagree with them?

Field trip reflections

Would you volunteer to be a submariner? How would you adapt to the living conditions inside the submarine?

What factor contributed to USS Siversides’ success? The functionality of the submarine or the effectiveness of the submariners?

Writer’s workshop

Operation gratitude – writing letters to troops

Letter writing with students

Spelling city

Typing club

Cole’s Daddy storytime

journal writing

Reflection paragraph


Play-based TWTh



Marine corps

physical fitness

Gymnastics mats

Cardboard boxes

Dramatic play – kitten family

Soft Polo




Stories of Distinction

The fight against Al-Shabaab

Should the marines train other soldiers to stop the terrorists or stop the terrorists themselves?

Somali pirate takedown

If you were a local fisherman, and the pirates give you a choice to either join them and get lots of money or not join them but give them your own money, what would you do?

Opening Afghan schools

If you were a marine working in the school with the children, what would be the most important thing you would like them to learn?

Amelia’s grandpa

Jim Cavalucci, Marine Conference call

Ready to battle

How can you make good split-second decisions? How can you think fast? Is it better to act fast or think of a plan first?

Project time

Marine Corps


Becoming a marine

Assemble hero boxes

Marines poster board

Being a marine

Military flags

Legendary uniforms

Roles in corps

Warfighting lab






Handprint US flag


US Military deployments around the world

Marine stamps on world map



Star Spangled Banner




Tying knots




Submitting to authority

1 Peter 2:13-25

Submit to authorities to honor God

Romans 13:1-2

What do you do when an authority (group leader, parents, guides) do something you believe is wrong? Would you still submit to their authority? How would you respond to their demands? How will you honor God in this situation?

Isaiah 3:1-6

Would it be better to have a bad leader or to have no leader at all?

Submit to authorities because of the example of Jesus

1 Peter 2:21-25

When should we not submit to authority?

Submit to authorities to overcome evil with good

Romans 12:19-21

In what ways have you “overcome evil with good”? What would happen if you return evil for evil?

Field trip reminder

USS Silverside museum

Submit to authorities because of the rewards

1 Peter 2:18-20

Would you be more motivated to submit to authorities because of God’s promise to reward you or God’s promise to judge justly?

Please mark your calendars for our Military Quest exhibition, which will be held at Celebration Cinema North, 2121 Celebration Dr. NE, on March 29 at 6pm for the World War II Movie Premier. Our Early Learners will be collecting items for their Hero Boxes for admission. Our heroes will also be holding a “Military Branches Recruitment Fair.”

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